CSDC supports the charter school community to:
We particularly encourage charter school leaders to plan ahead for AB 1505 charter renewal content and prepare early. As always, we welcome members’ comments and questions.
The Leadership Intensive and the Leadership Update Conference offer intro-level sessions and trainings on the California School Dashboard, charter renewal, Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP) and a lot more.
Currents newsletters and other CSDC resources and events are important to staying current.
CSDC members can access customized data reports that include the following features:
The reports can yield new insights and can be used for communication of progress to stakeholders, including charter renewal. CSDC cautions that publicly available data does not enable analysis of individual longitudinal progress, and deeper analysis can reveal a fuller, more accurate picture.
Given newly intensified fiscal pressures, many authorizers may feel pressure to close charter schools. CSDC urges charter schools to help authorizers and community leaders to get to know their schools. Political support can be incredibly important. CSDC also advises charter schools to unpack the charter renewal and plan ahead for a strong position with respect to the complex new criteria.
The renewal criteria place schools on three tracks, one that is “safe,” one that favors renewal, and one that defaults to denial. Charter schools should understand the mechanics of placement and also what matters to the underlying decision. Anticipating how these complex statutes will play out for the school may require substantial interaction with the statutes and with the school’s related data. CSDC strongly encourages charter schools to pause to understand the statutes and, for most, to prioritize development of an informed renewal strategy.
CSDC Resources for Renewal – CSDC offers the following supports to charter schools preparing for renewal:
The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a heavy lift to understand and to complete. To support charter schools with this complex accountability requirement, CSDC has offered numerous trainings, sessions, and webinars. In addition, drafters may want to review our Annotated LCAP for guidance. Check back for updated resources when the LCAP template is approved in early 2021.
On occasion, charter schools and charter-granting agencies may be able to contract for services for customized support with accountability services such as LCAP reviews and charter renewal, including review of the charter petition and demonstration of how minimum renewal thresholds are met.
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